Peter Seabrook's golden anniversary Chelsea display has been moved to RHS Hyde Hall

A glorious floral display by AG’s Peter Seabrook has been unveiled at RHS garden Hyde Hall in Essex.

The installation, which celebrates the Sun newspapers 50thanniversary display, was supposed to have been shown in the Grand Pavilion at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

But after the week-long horticultural celebration was cancelled due to Coronavirus, Peter vowed to stick with the project instead of binning it and transferred it to the Floral Fantasia area at RHS Hyde Hall.

AG editor Garry Coward-Williams, left, with Peter Seabrook at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018

The golden anniversary 50 is picked out in Power ‘Daisy Sunny’ with brand new, mound forming and large flowered Petunia ‘Surfinia White Morn’ below.

The face to the left features new, small and multi-flowered Gerbera garvinea ‘Cheeky’ in four colours and at the corners in blue pots the new Xerochrysum ‘Granvia Pink Flame’ to go with sister introduction in 2019 Xerochrysum ‘Granvia Gold’. The new pendula Philadelphus ‘Fragrant Falls’ crowns this display.

After being on show for 10 days, the plants were set out in surrounding beds for visitors to see them as they grow through the summer.


Newby Hall reopened

One of the UK’s finest gardens, Newby Hall in North Yorkshire, opened to visitors for the first time this year on June 6.

The famous horticultural landmark, the current holder of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year title, should have opened in April for the 2020 season but lockdown started before the gates could open.

Newby Hall in Yorkshire has reopened for summer visitors

Strict measures have been put in place including online ticket booking only to manage the number of visitors each day, with a limit on numbers arriving in three different arrival periods.

Safety information is given to visitors at the start of their visit to ensure social distancing and staff at the visitor entrance are protected by plastic screens, as are the team at the onsite café providing take-away refreshments.

Additional toilets have been opened in the gardens and a rigorous hygiene regime implemented for all outdoor areas.

“It is an overwhelming feeling of relief to see visitors back enjoying the gardens,” said owner Richard Compton. “Visitors, and the essential income they bring, allow us to maintain the house and gardens for future generations of visitors to enjoy. It is wonderful to see people coming through the gates at Newby again.”

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